Valentine’s Day is a day that traditionally honours romantic love, but we believe that love of self is always the starting point. Sometimes when you feel like everything is against you and you need a quick pick me up, there’s nothing more empowering, energising and transformative than putting on a red lipstick. We rounded up some our favourite beauty journos and influencers and asked them to reval their favourite red lipstick.
Akesha Reid – Web Editor – Hairdresser’s Journal
My favourite red is Kat Von D Everlasting Liquid Lipstick in Plaith (£17) Firstly it doesn’t set on your lips or feel dry which is rare for liquid lipsticks. I love the subtle colour – great for everyday wear. PLUS it doesn’t budge or crumble so perfect for date night
Keysha Davis – Blackhair Editor
For the last few years I’ve stopped wearing brightly coloured lipsticks for some reason, but all that changed recently when I applied Fenty Beauty’s Stunna Lip Paint (£19). With just one swipe I feel transformed into a Goddess, a superstar, and yes indeed, a stunner! RiRi, sis, you smashed it!
Afua Adom- Writer/Producer/Presenter
My favourite red is Ruby Woo by M.A.C (17.50) it’s like my armour and makes me feel ready for anything.
Joy Adenuga – Makeup Artist
I love Coloured Raine Matte Liquid Paint in Cherry Blossom (£12). I get the most compliments anytime I wear this lippy. It matches my complexion beautifully and creates the illusion of perfect white teeth!
Sue Omar – Beauty Journalist
I am absolutely in love with MAKE UP FOR EVER’s Artist Liquid Matte Liquid Lip Colour in 401 Red (£17.50) at the moment. Unlike most matte reds, this unique formulation is bursting with hydration and stays put for 20 hours. Plus, this deep cherry red shade looks gorgeous on dark skin.
Erica Matthews – Blackhair Fashion Editor
Irene Moore – Founder of Digital Marketing Girl/Beauty PR/Blackhair Business Coach
My favourite red lipstick is Kat Von D Studded Kiss Creme in Adora (£17). It has a grown up, slight sexy shimmer and stays after several glasses of champagne. It’s also vegan – result!
Pauline Briscoe – Celebrity Makeup Artist
My go-to red lipstick is Fashion Fair lipstick in Catfight (£16) because it’s rich and vibrant in colour, yet totally moisturising!